What does the word melodrama mean?

Usage examples for melodrama

  1. They were playing a most soul- filling melodrama, of the sort which gives you assurance from the very first that there will be no trouble in the end, but everything will come out just as it should, no matter what obstacles oppose themselves in the course of the action. – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  2. Kindly omit melodrama- crude, and not at all your style, really, he finished, critically. – Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man by Marie Conway Oemler
  3. He called the meal their after- theater party, pretending that they had just come from a Broadway melodrama of shipwreck and peril. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach